Data Collection during the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities

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Data collection in countries of the Global South has been dominated by face-to-face interviews. Absence of sampling frame, poor quality of telephone and internet connectivity and absence of civil registration systems has led to a reliance on household surveys as the primary mode for obtaining demographic data. Spreading pandemic has blocked this avenue for gathering data precisely at a time when data are most needed. Researchers have responded by undertaking telephone surveys, video interviews and drawing samples via Facebook. This panel brings together researchers working in diverse geographies to discuss new modes of data collection, the opportunities they offer and the ethical challenges they pose, as researchers try to work with respondents living under highly stressful conditions. 

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Moderator and organizer: Sonalde Desai, University of Maryland College Park

Presented by the PAA International Outreach Committee.


When:  Aug 18, 2020 from 11:30 to 13:00 (ET)


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